His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), on Monday witnessed the launch of the 5th Emirati-German Congress in Medicine at UoS’ Colleges of Medicine theatre.
The event opened with the national anthem and recital of verses from the Holy Koran. Then, Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS), delivered a speech in which he thanked Sheikh Sultan for his patronage and attendance at the conference. “The convening of the 5th Emirati-German Congress in Medicine in Sharjah in partnership with the University of Lübeck, B.G. Hamburg Hospital, Sharjah Health Authority, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development and Sharjah Media Corporation is a natural result of the position that the Emirate of Sharjah has secured in the medical and healthcare fields after being accredited by the World Health Organization as the first healthy city in the region for fulfilling all new health standards and stipulations related to healthy cities,” Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy said.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy commended the efforts of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah in the fields of family care, particularly childcare and healthcare through several development centers, under the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy pointed out that scholars and researchers in medical and health sciences from Germany and other countries of the world came to this year’s conference to discuss such diseases as diabetes, asthma, cancer and others, as they are common diseases among community members, and which were paid full attention by Sheikh Sultan. “Our conference today will look into these diseases through two main axes. The first is the basic sciences and research program, and we will be having a discussion of the scientific research made on said diseases. The discussion will take place between UoS and UAE physicians and scientists on one hand, and physicians, scientists and experts from Germany on the other hand”.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy added that the second axes will focus on the latest breakthroughs in the fields of clinical medicine and will discuss intestine cancer. In addition, a practical workshop on hand surgeries will be organized, as well as a workshop on dentistry and dental surgery, to benefit from Germany’s experience in this field. Generally, the event will discuss and look into the latest world breakthroughs in metabolic diseases such as diabetes, immune system and autoimmune disorders, respiratory diseases such as allergies and asthma, and the recent developments in laparoscopy, orthopedics, and hand and upper-limbs surgeries.
“The University of Lübeck and the University of Sharjah have established firm and fruitful relations throughout the recent years. Our mutual interest in medical sciences and biosciences, particularly, in the field of metabolic disorders, cancer, the immune system and bioinformatics, has encouraged us to establish a distinguished and promising cooperation. We also launched a joint program for PhD students in UoS and University of Lübeck”, said Professor Hendrik Lehnert, Chanccellor of University of Lübeck.
“I’m quite confident that this cooperation, which draws strength not only from mutual ideas and goals, but also from the close personal interaction between individuals and groups on both parties – which will ultimately drive our universities to a brighter future”, he added.
“The relationship between the UAE, the Emirate of Sharjah specifically, and Northern Germany region has witnessed further convergence in the last decade, which was not limited to commercial relationships but also extended to the field of healthcare. In fact, Northern Germany is one of the top healthcare providers in the world, with over 100+ hospitals and more than 25,000 beds providing treatment to around 1 million inpatients per year, and catering job opportunities to 20,000 physicians and 250,000 people”, said Prof. Christian Jürgens, Medical Director of B G Hamburg Hospital, in a comment on the relationship between Sharjah and Northern Germany region.
“This gives an idea about the importance and influence of healthcare in Northern Germany. As a result for focusing on this sector, centers of excellence in healthcare and scientific inquiry were reinforced and developed, especially that the University of Lübeck and its hospital and B G Hamburg Hospital provide educational programs to foreign physicians and medical staff. They also have sufficient capabilities and experience to treat patients from other countries and cultures”, he added.
Commenting on the 5th Emirati-German Congress in Medicine, Prof. Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine, noted UoS’ focus on diabetes, immunity system diseases, and cancer, especially gastric cancer. “Before 30 years, these diseases were rare. Today, and because of the shift in lifestyle, they are more common. Therefore, we have decided to dedicate a serious direction for fundamental research to the latest breakthroughs on these diseases in clinical medicine, in which lecturers from our partners in German and from UoS will participate and work together to transfer such knowledge to our interns and students”, Prof. Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy stated.
“We have added to the conference agenda workshops on hand surgery, which need delicate expertise, as we realize that perfecting these operations is essential to preserve the hand’s function of any patient who suffered a job or traffic accident. This year, we added an integrated program for dental diseases and jaw surgery, benefiting from the exceptional dentists accompanying the German delegation”, he added.
Then, His Highness Sheikh Sultan, Ruler of Sharjah, was invited to honor the speakers and sponsors of the congress. Sheikh Sultan also received commemorative shields as a gift marking this occasion from the German delegation.
The congress was attended by, H.E. Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of the Sharjah Health Authority, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, H.E. Mohammed Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Director of the Sharjah Department of Protocol and Guesthouses, H.E. Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of the Sharjah Media Corporation, and a number of UoS officials, members of the board of trustees, vice managers, members of the administrative and teaching bodies, and a large audience of physicians and students at the medical and health colleges.